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Beautiful Day to Run.

Monday, April 30, 2012

We'll be in New Hamp;shire until Friday, when we will then head south to visit family in Connecticut.

Meanwhile, we are enjoying the brisk (read cold) NH weather mornings. There's a beautiful walking/running path right nearby, which we've been taking advantage of as often as we can.

DW is doing fine, and increasing her pace and balance. She's rarin' to go every training day, and looking forward to our 5K on Wednesday.

Our route has some hills getting to the path, and once we get there, we find some nice little inclines there as well.

The trees are starting to show some leave and buds, a beautiful time in NH.

Our Wifi connections are intermittent, so I was luck to get this little blog posted. Hoping the poor signal connection holds until I post this!

Thanks for reading.
Vic and Chris

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BUTTERFLY-1976 4/30/2012 1:14PM

    Great Pictures. What a beautiful looking trail.

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CBAILEYC 4/30/2012 11:08AM

    What great pictures! Thanks so much for sharing your trails.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 4/30/2012 10:29AM

    Looks like some beautiful scenery to take it while you're running, AWESOME. Sounds like you and DW are enjoying life. emoticon

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D_K455 4/30/2012 10:21AM

    nice photos and beautiful place to run

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Traveling north to New Hampshire.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

We are taking our time getting up to New Hampshire, as usual. We like to take time and enjoy the trip.

Wifi is not often available, because I prefer the National Parks, or places which do not offer hookups.

Here, we are in Georgia at the Pointes West Army Campground.

I ran 3.5 miles here the day we arrived. Woke up the next day and DW did 3 miles, and I did 4 that morning.

The next day we were in Laurens County, SC at the Brickhouse Crossroads campground in Sumter National Forest.

We had the entire place to ourselves! I woke up early, and went for a run - out of the park onto Hwy 66 and went out 2.5 miles turned around and came back. For a nice 5 mile run. Almost no traffic early in the morning, - I really enjoyed this run. Saw some interesting homes and mini farms.

Today we are in Wilson, NC at an RV park with full hook ups, and I have Wifi! So I can update my Sparkpage. My Blackberry does my email for me, but I don't like using it for web browsing, 'cuz the screen is so small, and my fat fingers are not good for typing on it.

Not sure where we'll be for the night tonight, but probably not driving too far today, maybe end up near Richmond, VA. But, we will do a run this morning before we head out.

Thanks for reading, have a great day today. I know I will!


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DAPHNE_RUNS 4/23/2012 4:07PM

    I love road trips. It is great that you are taking advantage of your rest stops to get in a little exercise. I lived in Boston for 11 years and had the opportunity to go up to New Hampshire.

Enjoy your road trip.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 4/23/2012 7:52AM

    Sounds like a great trip thus far, glad you are enjoying some scenic runs, stop by Virginia Beach on your way back, I'd be glad to meet you and your DW for lunch, etc. Enjoy your trip.

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LAURIE5658 4/21/2012 9:41AM

    Vic, what an awesome trip and I can totally relate to this. Jim and I were 4th generation RV'ers. My Dad told me just this morning that he is giving up the motorhome life because it is becoming too much for him. Kind of a bittersweet moment.

Enjoy your trip and stay safe, my friend.

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BOILHAM 4/21/2012 8:44AM

    The weather has been rainy and overcast the last couple days. Highs in the mid 60s or so. Nice and cool in the morning for my runs. emoticon

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PICKIE98 4/21/2012 7:31AM

    That is beautiful country! What are the temps like now? It is in the 30's and rainy here in Michigan.. I am passing on the trail hike and concentrating on housework instead,, strength and cardio! Enjoy your trip!

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DW Chris finishes first 5K

Saturday, April 14, 2012

This was a very small race held at Moss Park, Orlando, FL. We stayed overnight in our RV camper before the race. Here is a visitor to our campsite.

We were the first people there to pick up our packets.

Once the gun went off, we went our own paces. The weather was cool and overcast, so just perfect for a race. I settled in to my pace right away, and ran a pretty good race, a little slower at the last mile. I still can't get that negative split down. There was a little 11 year old girl who was in front of me the entire race. So I just followed her all the way! She crossed the finish line just ahead of me at just under 27 minutes. My time was 27:05, not a PR, but I'll take it.

I chatted with the girls family for a bit, while I kept my eye on the finish line, looking for DW. Number 229 here is the only family member who runs. Cool that the whole family came out to support her.

It was now 45 minutes into the race, and I hadn't seen DW yet, so I ran back into the race path to have a look for her. I was predicting a 45-50 minute race for her. There she is coming around the bend, so I ran in with her for a bit, then ran ahead to catch a picture of her crossing the finish line at 47:28. The clock in her picture after crossing the finish line says 47:12, so I don't know how they came up with 47:28 on the website, but so be it.

It was a great time for both of us, DW says she will continue to allow me to train her, and may even enter a race with me from time to time.

Thanks for reading. Have a great day.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 4/16/2012 8:20AM

    emoticonI am sooooo excited for your wife, please tell her she did a great job and give her a hug of congrats from me. You two are such an inspiration, keep up the fantastic work.

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BUTTERFLY-1976 4/14/2012 7:22PM

    That's awesome!! Congrats to both of you.

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DAPHNE_RUNS 4/14/2012 6:29PM

    Vic, that is wonderful news for the both of you. Your wife did great for her first 5k. She will catch the 5k bug too; and pretty soon she will be looking ahead to see who she can run past before she crosses the finish line. Lol. I am hoping to get in at least one 5k this season. My husband's work schedule has slowed down my races....he watches the kids when I run.

Don't you hate to get beat by an 11 year old? Lol!!! I know I do. I try to keep the " young ones" in my sight and hope to pass them up before the race is over. Oh well, better luck next time. In the end, it is a good feeling to cross the line and give woo hoos and congrats to the runners who finished up with you.

Thanks for sharing.

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LAURIE5658 4/14/2012 4:23PM

    Congratulations to both of you for not only doing well in your races but to be enjoying it together!!! That is what it is all about.

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PIXIEMOM13 4/14/2012 12:06PM

    That is so awesome! Cheers to you both!

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STRIVER57 4/14/2012 11:58AM

    yay Chris!!! terrific job. and you will get a little faster!

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LANNIEMANUEL 4/14/2012 11:53AM

    proud of both of you. good job

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Weight gain not always a negative?

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

So to the point, I have this old bathroom scale, not a digital, the floating needle kind. Hard to notice small fluctuations. My usual weight is around 150-151. For many months, and before I started running. 150-151.

A few days ago, I jumped on the scale. 154. Hmmm. Okay some anomaly, I ate too much the last few days, drank too much Diet Coke or water? I drink almost no beer, but I did have 2 beers a few days ago. Could be any one of those.

Today, I hopped on the scale, it says 153. It seems this new weight wants to stick around a while.

The DW has been saying how great my calves look lately, since I started running. I kind of dismissed it, 'cuz she does compliment me quite a bit. "Your haircut looks nice, I like that shirt, that color is nice on you", junk like that. She's just that type of woman.

Now, I reassess her thoughts, and check them out myself. Hmmm. Maybe that's the weight gain? They sure look larger to me. Can my new weight can just be a little more muscle in the old pins?

Time will tell. I'll let you know if anything changes.

Going to see the Doc next week. I hope he doesn't change his mind about it being okay to run as much as I do. He says I'm in better shape than he is, and he's at least a decade younger and claims to be a bit of a fitness buff himself. Hah, wait till I tell him I signed up for a marathon.


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DAPHNE_RUNS 4/5/2012 12:55PM are doing a ok. I am such a slow loser. Going by Spark's recommendation, I should have been at my goal weight November 2011. Ha. I gained and lost the same 4 to 5 pounds for 8 months. The scale started to move again in November, but it has been a slow downward move. That's okay...I am having a blast losing the weight.

If you are increasing your mileage, then yes you probably will gain a few pounds. Happy training for your marathon. It must be exciting venturing into uncharted running territory.

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MARATHONDAD 4/4/2012 1:23PM

    That is very true buddy!!!! I go by measurements and how my clothes fit. the scale isnt always accurate anyways.

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LAURIE5658 4/4/2012 10:32AM

    Non scale victories are sometimes more meaningful than a scale reading. When people notice then that means you are accomplishing great things. So happy for you!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 4/4/2012 10:00AM

    Muscle weighs more than fat, so you might be toning up, especially the calves. And the more muscles you have, the more calories you burn, woo hoo.

My weight fluctuates between 1-4 pounds every day, crazy. I'm about ready to toss the scale out the window. emoticon

You're doing emoticon

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Registered for my first Marathon.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Finally bit the bullet and registered for a full Marathon. It will be the Rock N Roll Savannah Marathon in November of this year. I like the idea of a large event for a first timer. I may even use a pace group to help me out. Being such a huge effort for a man of advanced age, I am really going to attempt to just finish this race.

I started running when I was near the end of my 64th year. My goal was to do a Marathon before I turn 66. Pretty close to one year from couch to Marathon.

With our Florida summers being so brutally hot and humid, I will have to train very early in the summer months. Since I am relatively new to running, I have never trained during the summer - should be interesting. November is a long way off, should be plenty of time for training.

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DAPHNE_RUNS 4/1/2012 10:31AM

    Good luck Vic. You will do just fine training in the summer. It takes your body about two weeks to adjust to the heat. I started running last summer and it was challenging but doable. I'm not quite ready to take the marathon leap......I am here to cheer you on and take notes!!!!!!

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WONDERWOMAN 3/31/2012 11:35PM

    Good luck and enjoy. I did the Savannah RnR Half last year. For the most part, I enjoyed it; but I hear the course for the full left a lot to be desired. Hoping they fix that for this one. I'm toying with the idea of a full, but haven't fully wrapped my brain around it. Glad to hear I have a few years yet before I'm "too old."

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RHONDALYN10 3/30/2012 9:03PM

    Woohoo! Best wishes!!
2012 = The Year of The Marathon

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POWERAUER 3/30/2012 7:48PM

    Congrats! I agree about the big event and the pace group. Good luck with your training and keep us updated.

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STRIVER57 3/30/2012 4:34PM

    congratulations & good luck. i signed up for my first half yesterday -- in October. i'm pretty sure a half is all i'm interested in doing ... well, hopefully, halves in the plural. but i find it incredible that i am doing this ... and doing it because i want to.
wow. getting old is fun!

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ONMYMEDS 3/30/2012 3:07PM

    Vic, best of luck on your first marathon. My age and running experience is very much the same as yours. I started running about a year ago when I hit 64. I'll be running my first marathon on May 5th at age 65. If I live through it, i'll let you know how it goes.

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BUTTERFLY-1976 3/30/2012 1:01PM

    Good for you Vic!! You'll do great.

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LAURIE5658 3/30/2012 12:19PM

    Vic, I am with you all the way, buddy! We will train for our first Full's together as a team so lets do this thing!


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WADINGMOOSE 3/30/2012 9:37AM

    Fantastic goal, good luck in the marathon!

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MARATHON_MOM 3/30/2012 9:36AM

    Good luck!!! I ran the inaugural event in Savannah last year. It was a good run, with the exception of a few parts. I hear they are tweaking the course a little this year to make it better, too!
Congratulations on making the decision to run a marathon.

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PIXIEMOM13 3/30/2012 9:21AM

    Best of luck to you!

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